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  • States where obesity is on the rise
    1/ Max Pixel

    States where obesity is on the rise

    It’s no secret that the United States struggles with an obesity epidemic. In 2017, America had the largest total number of obese adults in the world, with slightly more than a third of the adult population—73,872,022 individuals over the age of 18—having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. This is especially troubling when considering that China, the nation which ranks second (at 65,706,627 obese individuals) has more than four times as many adults as the United States.

    A New Year’s resolution many Americans make is to take charge of their health. Millions each year end their holiday seasons by cutting calories, hitting the gym and making other positive changes. For some, however, a handful of conditions have made it difficult to stop gaining weight, not least of which is the set of nutritional conditions within their environments.

    Stacker looked at data from the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in order to rank the states where people are gaining the most weight, and assess which communities may be suffering from overly sedentary lifestyles and a lack of access to healthy food. The states are ranked according to their respective 10-year changes in obesity rates from 2006 to 2016, listed with their current obesity rate (percent of individuals with a BMI of 30+) as well as their current overweight rate (percent of individuals with a BMI of 25+).

    Read on to see if obesity is getting worse in your home state.

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  • #51. District of Columbia
    2/ Sebastian Bass // Flickr

    #51. District of Columbia

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +0.44%
    Current obesity rate: 22.60%
    Current overweight rate: 30.80%

  • #50. Nevada
    3/ Famartin // Wikicommons

    #50. Nevada

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +3.20%
    Current obesity rate: 25.80%
    Current overweight rate: 36.50%

  • #49. California
    4/ Riverside County, CA—Patrick Nouhailler // Flickr

    #49. California

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +7.30%
    Current obesity rate: 25.00%
    Current overweight rate: 36.00%

  • #48. South Carolina
    5/ RJ Matthews // Wikicommons

    #48. South Carolina

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +9.86%
    Current obesity rate: 32.30%
    Current overweight rate: 35.10%

  • #47. Ohio
    6/ Medina County, OH—Brenda // Wikicommons

    #47. Ohio

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +10.92%
    Current obesity rate: 31.50%
    Current overweight rate: 34.80%

  • #46. New York
    7/ Pixabay

    #46. New York

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +11.35%
    Current obesity rate: 25.50%
    Current overweight rate: 35.30%

  • #45. Minnesota
    8/ Public Domain

    #45. Minnesota

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +12.55%
    Current obesity rate: 27.80%
    Current overweight rate: 37.00%

  • #44. Michigan
    9/ Bryan Debus // Flickr

    #44. Michigan

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +12.85%
    Current obesity rate: 32.50%
    Current overweight rate: 35.00%

  • #43. Idaho
    10/ Visitor7 // Wikicommons

    #43. Idaho

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +13.69%
    Current obesity rate: 27.40%
    Current overweight rate: 37.10%

  • #42. Oklahoma
    11/ Nearby Vinita, OK—The White Pelican // Wikicommons

    #42. Oklahoma

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +13.89%
    Current obesity rate: 32.80%
    Current overweight rate: 36.00%

  • #41. Wisconsin
    12/ Nearby Beloit, WI—Jason Dean // Wikicommons

    #41. Wisconsin

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.41%
    Current obesity rate: 30.70%
    Current overweight rate: 35.50%

  • #40. Utah
    13/ Garrett // Wikimedia Commons

    #40. Utah

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.53%
    Current obesity rate: 25.30%
    Current overweight rate: 35.00%

  • #39. Hawaii
    14/ Nearby Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii—Robert Linsdell // Wikicommons

    #39. Hawaii

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.53%
    Current obesity rate: 23.80%
    Current overweight rate: 33.80%

  • #38. Virginia
    15/ Virginia State Route 55—Famartin // Wikicommons

    #38. Virginia

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.54%
    Current obesity rate: 29.00%
    Current overweight rate: 36.50%

  • #37. Oregon
    16/ Steve Morgan // Wikicommons

    #37. Oregon

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.73%
    Current obesity rate: 28.70%
    Current overweight rate: 33.90%

  • #36. Georgia
    17/ Reinhard Kraasch // Wikimedia Commons

    #36. Georgia

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.87%
    Current obesity rate: 31.40%
    Current overweight rate: 34.40%

  • #35. Massachusetts
    18/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #35. Massachusetts

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +16.26%
    Current obesity rate: 23.60%
    Current overweight rate: 36.70%

  • #34. South Dakota
    19/ Jon Platek // Wikicommons

    #34. South Dakota

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +16.54%
    Current obesity rate: 29.60%
    Current overweight rate: 37.30%

  • #33. Missouri
    20/ Nearby St. Louis, MO—Public Domain

    #33. Missouri

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +16.54%
    Current obesity rate: 31.70%
    Current overweight rate: 35.60%

  • #32. Indiana
    21/ Max Pixel

    #32. Indiana

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +16.91%
    Current obesity rate: 32.50%
    Current overweight rate: 34.70%

  • #31. Alabama
    22/ USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency // Wikimedia Commons

    #31. Alabama

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +17.05%
    Current obesity rate: 35.70%
    Current overweight rate: 33.80%

  • #30. Delaware
    23/ Choess // Wikimedia Commons

    #30. Delaware

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.08%
    Current obesity rate: 30.70%
    Current overweight rate: 37.30%

  • #29. Washington
    24/ Kayamon // Wikicommons

    #29. Washington

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.18%
    Current obesity rate: 28.60%
    Current overweight rate: 34.80%

  • #28. Florida
    25/ UltraView Admin // Flickr

    #28. Florida

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.61%
    Current obesity rate: 27.40%
    Current overweight rate: 35.80%

  • #27. New Hampshire
    26/ Nearby Epping, New Hampshire—John Phelan // WIkicommons

    #27. New Hampshire

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.75%
    Current obesity rate: 26.60%
    Current overweight rate: 36.90%

  • #26. Mississippi
    27/ Visit Mississippi

    #26. Mississippi

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.79%
    Current obesity rate: 37.30%
    Current overweight rate: 34.00%

  • #25. Wyoming
    28/ Michel Rathwell // Flickr

    #25. Wyoming

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.88%
    Current obesity rate: 27.70%
    Current overweight rate: 36.50%

  • #24. Nebraska
    29/ Pat Hawks // Flickr

    #24. Nebraska

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.96%
    Current obesity rate: 32.00%
    Current overweight rate: 36.60%

  • #23. North Carolina
    30/ Ildar Sagdejev // Wikimedia Commons

    #23. North Carolina

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +19.55%
    Current obesity rate: 31.80%
    Current overweight rate: 35.00%

  • #22. Alaska
    31/ rytis77 // Wikicommons

    #22. Alaska

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +19.85%
    Current obesity rate: 31.40%
    Current overweight rate: 35.30%

  • #21. Maryland
    32/ Maryland Route 231—Joshua Kinard // Wikicommons

    #21. Maryland

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.08%
    Current obesity rate: 29.90%
    Current overweight rate: 34.70%

  • #20. Montana
    33/ Sara goth // Wikicommons

    #20. Montana

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.28%
    Current obesity rate: 25.50%
    Current overweight rate: 37.30%

  • #19. Kansas
    34/ Bob Duran // Flickr

    #19. Kansas

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.46%
    Current obesity rate: 31.20%
    Current overweight rate: 35.60%

  • #18. New Jersey
    35/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #18. New Jersey

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.80%
    Current obesity rate: 27.30%
    Current overweight rate: 36.50%

  • #17. Tennessee
    36/ Nearby Columbia, Tennessee—jdj150 // Flickr

    #17. Tennessee

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.83%
    Current obesity rate: 34.80%
    Current overweight rate: 33.80%

  • #16. West Virginia
    37/ Brandon W. Holmes

    #16. West Virginia

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +21.61%
    Current obesity rate: 37.70%
    Current overweight rate: 33.30%

  • #15. Kentucky
    38/ OPMaster // Wikimedia Commons

    #15. Kentucky

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +22.14%
    Current obesity rate: 34.20%
    Current overweight rate: 34.90%

  • #14. Colorado
    39/ Larry Johnson // Flickr

    #14. Colorado

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +22.53%
    Current obesity rate: 22.30%
    Current overweight rate: 35.80%

  • #13. New Mexico
    40/ Riverrat303 // Wikicomons

    #13. New Mexico

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +23.58%
    Current obesity rate: 28.30%
    Current overweight rate: 36.60%

  • #12. Rhode Island
    41/ David Wilson // Wikicommons

    #12. Rhode Island

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +24.30%
    Current obesity rate: 26.60%
    Current overweight rate: 37.10%

  • #11. Iowa
    42/ American007 // Wikicommons

    #11. Iowa

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +24.51%
    Current obesity rate: 32.00%
    Current overweight rate: 36.70%

  • #10. North Dakota
    43/ Ron Reiring // Wikicommons

    #10. North Dakota

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +25.59%
    Current obesity rate: 31.90%
    Current overweight rate: 36.20%

  • #9. Illinois
    44/ (vincent desjardins) // Flickr

    #9. Illinois

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +25.90%
    Current obesity rate: 31.60%
    Current overweight rate: 33.40%

  • #8. Connecticut
    45/ WestportWiki // Wikicommons

    #8. Connecticut

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +26.21%
    Current obesity rate: 26.00%
    Current overweight rate: 35.90%

  • #7. Pennsylvania
    46/ Adam Jones // Wikicommons

    #7. Pennsylvania

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +26.25%
    Current obesity rate: 30.30%
    Current overweight rate: 35.10%

  • #6. Arizona
    47/ Alan Stark // Flickr

    #6. Arizona

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +26.64%
    Current obesity rate: 29.00%
    Current overweight rate: 34.20%

  • #5. Vermont
    48/ Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

    #5. Vermont

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +27.83%
    Current obesity rate: 27.10%
    Current overweight rate: 34.70%

  • #4. Texas
    49/ U.S. Department of Defense Photo

    #4. Texas

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +28.74%
    Current obesity rate: 33.60%
    Current overweight rate: 34.80%

  • #3. Maine
    50/ Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

    #3. Maine

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +29.44%
    Current obesity rate: 29.90%
    Current overweight rate: 35.30%

  • #2. Louisiana
    51/ Nearby Baton Rouge, Louisiana—Spatms // Wikicommons

    #2. Louisiana

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +31.00%
    Current obesity rate: 35.50%
    Current overweight rate: 33.70%

  • #1. Arkansas
    52/ Bruce W. Stracener // Wikimedia Commons

    #1. Arkansas

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +32.71%
    Current obesity rate: 35.70%
    Current overweight rate: 32.50%

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